President's Report - August 2013

Greetings All,

One thing that definitely annoys me when driving at night is the number of vehicles that have their fog lights on. Even though fog lights are meant to point downwards, I find the extra glare can be quite significant and very distracting. It is also illegal to use them – unless fog is present, of course.

Recently, my wife, Sue, was pulled over by ACT police, who pointed out that she was driving with her fog lights on (when there was no fog). Sue confessed that she had no idea that her fog lights were on and even had to seek the assistance of the police-person to find the switch, in her 306, to turn them off. She was then unceremoniously issued with a $99 fine – ouch!

Speaking of revenue raising – new point-topoint speed cameras were recently announced for a section of road in Tuggeranong. However, the section of road includes two roundabouts, which means that there are two exit/entry points, making it highly likely that a significant number of vehicles will only pass one camera. Not only that, but with two roundabouts to slow traffic down, it makes it somewhat of a challenge to exceed the average point-to-point speed limit – Pug drivers excepted, of course!

Come to think of it, the point-to-point speed cameras on Hindmarsh Drive, east of Woden, also have an exit/ entry point from/to Red Hill for traffic travelling east, which would seem to offer plenty of scope for a bit of hill-climb practice between the cameras. Having lived in New Zealand from 1983 to 1993, I have retained my membership of the Peugeot Car Club in Wellington and still enjoy receiving their club newsletters and event notifications.

In a recent email, I received an invitation to attend the launch of the 208 GTi at the local Peugeot dealer (Armstrong Peugeot in Lower Hutt) on Friday 16 August. Interestingly, within a few hours of receiving the kiwi invitation, I received an email from Peugeot Australia, inviting me to ‘discover’ the new Peugeot 208 GTi for myself, either online or at my local dealer. Having not heard anything locally, and certainly nothing about a launch, I checked with Melrose Peugeot. No local launch (as yet), but I’m happy to report that the 208 GTI is on the showroom floor.

When I had my 508 in for a service, recently, I was offered a Citroën DS3 DSport to drive for a few hours. Quite a nippy little car and could be a lot of fun to drive in the right situation. Not that I’m about to change marques, but I will be interested to see how the 208 GTi compares. The next club meeting will be held at 8 pm on Tuesday 27 August, at the Weston Club, with dinner and drinks from 7 pm. Looking forward to seeing some of you there.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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